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From the Editor: January/February 2018

Steve Kiesling and two of his books

A note from our editor in chief, Stephen Kiesling.

What’s the best practice for future happiness? Well, if you ask me, it’s rowing in an eight-oared crew. And what’s the best way to get along with people who don’t think like you? Well, row in an eight with them. And what’s the best way to deal with chronic pain? Well, you get the idea. That old picture came from rowing. Seriously. “Rowing eights” is a community-building, full-body workout/meditation for any age that can feel enlightening and will cure almost anything. Each person in an eight has only one oar, so you have to pay close attention to match your crew, forcing you out of your own mind. And you have to look out for one another because the entire crew has to show up to have any fun at all. So if everyone on the planet would make a New Year’s resolution to row in eights—especially mixed gender eights because they are the most fun—we would all be happier, and the world’s problems of spirituality and health would be solved!  But then, alas, I would be out of a job: no longer working with all the wonderful people who wrote and designed and financed the great stories in this issue …

Stephen Kiesling is a former Olympic rower, cocreator of the Nike Cross Training System, and editor at large of Spirituality & Health. A 35th anniversary edition of The Shell Game: Reflections on Rowing and the Pursuit of Excellence has just been published.

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